Archive for the ‘New Belgium Brewing’ Category

It’s been awhile since I tried a mixed twelve pack, but I got the last New Belgium Fat Tire and Friends one. This is the final beer from the series.

ABV: 6%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’ll set the scene. 1988. Belgium. Boy on bike. (Ok, make that a young man of 32.) As our aspiring young homebrewer rides his mountain bike with ‘fat tires’ through European villages famous for beer, New Belgium Brewing Company was but a glimmer in his eye. Or basement. For Jeff Lebesch would return to Fort Collins with an imagination full of recipes and a handful of ingredients ready to embark on a whole new journey. And then there was beer. Jeff’s first two basement-brewed creations? A brown dubbel with earthy undertones named Abbey and a remarkably well-balanced amber he named Fat Tire. To say the rest was history would be to overlook his wife’s involvement. Kim Jordan was New Belgium’s first bottler, sales rep, distributor, marketer, and financial planner, as well as the company’s longtime CEO. In the fall of 2015, Jordan passed the torch to New Belgium’s current CEO Christine Perich”

Random: We saw “Wonder Woman” this past weekend and it was only alright. It didn’t help that people were kicking my chair the whole time.

The beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with moderate carbonation. The nose was a lot of malt up front with very little hops. It had a touch of sourness too. The taste was all nutty malt, overwhelmingly so. It had some grass as well, but the hops faded on this one. There was also some lemon-lime soda as well. The body was medium thickness with moderate and enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy and malty. I don’t remember what I paid for this beer since it was part of a mixed twelve pack, but I thought it was only alright.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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Wedding planning has taken over my life. I’m about 50 reviews in the hole and the closer we to February, the less time that I think I’m going to have. We’ve decided on a venue, which is about the only thing we’ve decided on. We both love the venue (it’s historic, not a wedding factory and has really cute fire tables) and it’s not too far from our house, although it’s equally inconvenient to every other person attending the wedding. More about that in some reviews to come, let’s get to the cider.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Cider

Trivia: This is made at their new Asheville, North Carolina facility.

Random: The show “Quantico” keeps getting more confusing every season.

This cider poured with less than a quarter finger of pure white head. It disappeared before I got a chance to take the picture. The body was clear and had a greenish-yellow tint and moderate carbonation. The nose had green apple skins and apple juice. It had very little else. The taste was also simple. It had the same green apple skins with tart apple juice. It had some honey sweetness to it and some white grape juice. I kept taking sips, searching for some depth, but this was a relatively simple cider. It was quite dry and had lacking carbonation. It was almost too thin as well. The finish was quick with apple juice. The can was $2.75, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I thought this was a good introductory cider that didn’t pull any punches, but was a bit boring for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

I’m really enjoying Samantha Bee’s show. She’s not quite as good as John Oliver, but a close second. She has a lot of political material lately to say the least. Anyways, let’s talk about something more pleasant, like beer.

voodoorangerimperialipa

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A rare blend of choice hops creates an explosion of fresh-cut pine and citrus flavors for a complex, rich and delicious flavor.”

Random: I still want to try the other beers from the Voodoo series.

This brew poured with a two finger, loose, tan-colored head. It took forever to dissipate and left lots of spiderweb lacing on the glass, along with a half a finger crown. The body was clear, but dark orange that bordered on brown. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The scent started as green and herbal with pine oil and some tea tree oil too. It had citrus flesh, specifically oranges and grapefruits, but they were bordering on overripe. The taste was a bit muddled. It had the same pine oil along with grapefruit zest. It had some sage or another green herb that was hard to place. The alcohol was apparent on this. Caramel malt was a minor flavor at the end. The body was thick, but appropriate for the style. It had a lot of carbonation, which made it go down easier. It had a lengthy finish with pine and old citrus zest. A bottle of this set me back $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). I thought this beer was alright, but some of the flavors weren’t integrated well.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

One of my favorite flavors of ice cream is cookie dough, so when New Belgium put out a cookie dough beer, even though I wasn’t sold that it would be great, I wanted to try it.

newbelgiumchocolatechipcookie

ABV: 6%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream beer. This winter, dip into the fridge—not just the freezer—to find a dozen ways to sate your sweet tooth. Our newest collaboration with Ben & Jerry’s brings together two different types of pint-makers for one common goal: to fill your glass with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale. To craft this confection, we dove into our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes for inspiration, and then whipped hefty doses of chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla into a dough-hued blonde ale base. The result is a full-bodied beer that seduces with a perfect balance of vanilla and chocolate, and finishes with just the right amount of sweetness. Put down the spoon, pick up a pint. In celebration of this year’s collaboration, New Belgium and Ben & Jerry’s — both B-Corps — are once again joining forces with Protect Our Winters (POW) to create tangible ways to fight climate change just as they did a year ago. Calling this campaign ‘100 Days to Change Our Ways,’ the three socially minded organizations want the new Administration to make climate change a priority during its first 100 days. To rally support, events will be held in 12 cities across the country with letter-writing stations, POW athletes speaking out about the dangers of climate change, raffles, and of course beer and ice cream.”

Random: Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite.

The body poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace. It left only a little lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with a decent amount of carbonation. The nose had a lot of vanilla and some nuttiness. It didn’t have a definitive cookie dough flavor. The taste started with some grass and quickly went into lactose, vanilla and some cocoa with milk chocolate chips. It had some doughy malt as well. They nailed the cookie dough note. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a quick and sweet finish with white sugar and lactose. The bottle was $1.58, which came to $.13 per ounce. This beer was a bit gimmicky, but I liked the flavor. I wouldn’t want more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

New Belgium has been in the state for over a year now, but I still try to search some of them out. I don’t know if their beers got hyped just because we couldn’t get them in New Jersey or because of the liquid itself, but I was excited to try this beer. I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkin beers anymore, but let’s see how this one fared.

pumpkick

ABV: 6%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing.”

Random: I wish I got cranberry juice in the beer.

The brew poured with a quarter of a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. But, it left a small crown on top of the clear, orange-brown body. There was high carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pumpkin pie and the expected pumpkin pie spice. There was also a significant honey sweetness and brown sugar. The taste was also really sweet. I picked up sweet potato, brown sugar, honey and dark molasses. There was less impact from the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice than the nose, but it was still present. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with honey and brown sugar sweetness. A bottle of this was $1.75, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. The beer was good, but the flavors weren’t balanced. It’s not a terrible pumpkin beer, but it’s not one that I would seek out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Val and I are watching a show that details what happens to tiny house owners after their house is built. We couldn’t live in one of these and I give people a lot of credit who make it work. While watching this, I definitely needed a beer.

fathoppyale

ABV: 6%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For our new Fat Tire & Friends Collabeeration Pack, we teamed up with Firestone Walker from Paso Robles, Calif. A happily hopified Fat Tire thanks to our California friends. First, they created an assertive hop presence and then they added a lager yeast to the Fat Tire recipe. The result? A hoppy amber lager version of Fat Tire with an amplified American hop aroma and flavor. Time for you to hop on this Fat, too.”

Random: I couldn’t live in a place without a real toilet.

The beer poured with a three finger, off white head that was thick and dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was quite herbal with a vegetal note that I couldn’t place. It also had grapefruit pith and pine needles. The taste was filled with pine and dry alcohol. It also had a flavor that reminded me of green NyQuil. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a quick, but medicinal finish. The bottle was $1.42, which broke down to $.12 per ounce. This beer was a total miss for me. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

I think that brewers taking chances and reimagining old classics is pretty cool, which is why I bought the New Belgium Fat Tire and Friends mixed pack. I’ve already reviewed a few on the blog, so let’s see how this one is.

fatfunkale

ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For our new Fat Tire & Friends Collabeeration Pack, we teamed up with Allagash Brewing from Portland, Maine. Who wants the funk? Fat Tire wants the funk. Our New England friends at Allagash brought it, taking Fat Tire back to its Belgian roots with a De Dolle house Belgian yeast strain that adds classic pear, banana and spice to Fat Tire’s malty goodness. They then bottle-conditioned the beer with Brettanomyces Allagagensis for a spicy finish. Get your funk on.”

Random: Every time I see a horse in the winter with a blanket on, it makes me think of a funky beer.

The beer poured with a huge, four finger, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and mahogany colored with light carbonation. The nose was lightly funky with green apples, white grapes and caramel malt. The taste had white grapes up front and less funk than was apparent on the nose. It also had green apple skins and light toasted malt. It had a medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with white grapes and green apples. A bottle of this was $1.42, which broke down to $.12 an ounce. I thought that this was an interesting take on a classic, but I wouldn’t have more than one.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0